May 10, 2015 :: Actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor receives Dadasaheb Phalke award from Union information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.He arrived in a wheelchair to receive the award.
The 77-year-old actor is the third member of his illustrious family to have received the award after father Prithviraj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor
The entire Kapoor family attended the ceremony besides several celebrities from the film industry. Spotted at the event were actors Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Nafisa Ali, Rekha, Raj Babbar, Zeenat Aman, Shabana Azmi, singer Asha Bhosle among others.
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Shashi Kapoor, born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on 18 March 1938, is an Indian film actor and film producer. He has also been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry.
Shashi Kapoor is a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India’s Bollywood cinema. He has appeared in a large number of Hindi language films as well as in a few English-language films.
In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.
Kapoor was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during British Raj. He is the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the widower of Jennifer Kendal, and the father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor. From the age of four, Shashi Kapoor acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s, appearing in commercial films including Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artist from 1948 to 1954.
Born Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor, 18 March 1938 (age 77), Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other names Balbir, Shashi, Balbir Raj, Shasha (used by his brother, Shammi Kapoor), Shashi Baba
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer
Years active 1941–1999 (retired)
Spouse(s) Jennifer Kendal (1958–1984; her death)
Children Kunal Kapoor (actor), Karan Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor
Parent(s) Prithviraj Kapoor (Father), Ramsarni Kapoor (Mother)